Sexual harassment is defined under New York law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. Employers are most often involved in the following types of sexual harassment acts: demanding sexual favors in exchange for promotions, creating a sexually offensive work environment, and making sexual advances.
How does New York Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Port Jefferson Station employers can be required to establish company policies that specifically address sexual harassment in the workplace. These must be posted in a visible area such as a break room. These policies may include contact information for an employee to report sexual harassment, the procedure for handling such claims, and the corrective measures for when a claim is proven.
The laws of the state of New York and federal law have both created agencies with the authority to investigate sexual harassment claims. These agencies conduct investigations at a given Port Jefferson Station work site in order to verify if a complaint that they have received is true or not. Also, under these laws, employers may not fire or retaliate against any employee who has alleged sexual harassment in a claim.
How can a New York attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and proving a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. It's not uncommon for federal investigators to be too busy to handle individual claims. Because of this, working with a Port Jefferson Station attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.